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Rykiss Orthodontics

Current Patients

Winnipeg's Finest Orthodontic Team

Our team has been carefully trained to serve and care for our valued patients. We are committed to making each step of your treatment comfortable, and enjoyable.


Oral Hygiene

Braces create small ledges, nooks and crannies for food deposits, which can lead to cavities and gum problems. This makes brushing and flossing even more important while you are wearing braces. When you brush and floss, handle your appliances carefully so you won't break or lose them. Following these brushing, flossing and eating tips will keep your appliances and your smile healthy.


Current Patients - Oral HygieneBe sure to brush your teeth right after every meal and before you go to bed. It's best to use a fluoride toothpaste to help fight cavities. Dr. Rykiss may prescribe a special fluoride paste that you will brush with at night to help prevent cavities. Try to brush like this:


Because your toothbrush will not reach between your teeth, brushing alone won't keep your teeth clean and healthy. Flossing can help. A floss threader, available from us or a pharmacy, helps you floss with braces on. Floss once a day, like this:


Although some patients are able to eat and drink almost anything while in braces and have no ill effects, there are certain dietary habits that are known to cause breakage of orthodontic appliances as well as increase the risk of dental disease. Our aim is to achieve the treatment goals with as few disturbances to appliances as possible and to minimize the side effects of poor diet choices. Remember, teeth move best in a healthy environment. A well-balanced diet is critical to good treatment results.

Potential Harm to Your Teeth and Gums

Foods and drinks which your dentist has suggested may cause dental cavities should be restricted while wearing braces. Sticky foods are to be avoided because of the increased risk of dental decay and appliance breakage. If foods or drinks high in sugar are to be consumed, we advise having them with regular meals or at one given time of day. Please make sure that careful brushing and rinsing take place immediately afterward. Between-meal snacks should be limited to foods without refined sugar and should be followed by brushing or vigorous rinsing if a toothbrush is not available.

Potential Harm to Your Braces

Braces are attached to your teeth with an adhesive that normally will withstand the forces of eating. However, braces can be dislodged and wires bent or broken while eating certain foods. Hard foods should be avoided. Chewing ice cubes, pencils and fingertips can also be very destructive to your appliances. Some foods such as whole apples, raw carrots or celery, though healthy snacks, must be cut into bite-size pieces to prevent damage to your braces. The following foods can be particularly harmful to your teeth, gums and/or appliances while wearing braces:

Remember, if you have any questions about dietary restrictions or good food choices, please ask!